The Devil and the Jews: The Medieval Conception of the Jew and Its Relation to Modern Anti-Semitism

Through documents, and illustrations, the book exposes the full spectrum of the Jew’s demonization as devil, sorcerer, analysis, and ritual murderer. The author reveals how these myths, many with origins traced to Christian Europe in the late Middle Ages, still exist in transmuted form in the modern era.

A jps bestseller, this is the definitive work of scholarship on the medieval conception of the Jew as devil—literally and figuratively. Used book in Good Condition.

A Convenient Hatred: The History of Antisemitism

A convenient hatred chronicles a very particular hatred through powerful stories that allow readers to see themselves in the tarnished mirror of history. It raises important questions about the consequences of our assumptions and beliefs and the ways we, right and wrong, as individuals and as members of a society, make distinctions between us and them, good and evil.

. These questions are both universal and particular.

Jewish Magic and Superstition: A Study in Folk Religion

There are detailed descriptions of talismans, amulets, charms, and other curious magical objects. This is an elaboration of his Columbia University Ph. D. Trachtenberg's appreciation of the role of folk-magic in Jewish culture is important for the study of Judaism, and also the roots of modern Pagan beliefs and practices.

There is also a short glossary, so if you are having trouble telling the difference between a Kaddish and a Kiddush, you're in luck. This is a comprehensive review of Jewish magic from the 10th to the 15th century, including a rich lode of folklore. Exact facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software.

In the background of what has become known as ceremonial magic is medieval Jewish magic. 1904, d. 2013 reprint of 1939 Edition. Thesis. Many well-known jewish traditions are explained, such as why a glass is broken at a wedding, and how the expression mazel tov is related to a belief in Astrology. In turn this was based on the Kabbalah, the Jewish traditions known as Haggadah, and other esoteric beliefs.

1959 was a reform rabbi on the east coast of the US. Trachtenberg deals extensively with golems, succubi, and others not so well, and other magical creatures, some well known such as werewolves, such as estrie, the Lillim, from Lilith--Adam's first wife, mare and broxa.

The Popes Against the Jews: The Vatican's Role in the Rise of Modern Anti-Semitism

In this meticulously researched, unflinching, and reasoned study, National Book Award finalist David I. Used book in Good Condition. Working in long-sealed vatican archives, Kertzer unearths startling evidence to undermine the Church’s argument that it played no direct role in the spread of modern anti-Semitism.

In doing so, he challenges the Vatican’s recent official statement on the subject, We Remember. Kertzer presents shocking revelations about the role played by the Vatican in the development of modern anti-Semitism. Kertzer tells an unsettling story that has stirred up controversy around the world and sheds a much-needed light on the past.


The Jew Accused: Three Anti-Semitic Affairs Dreyfus, Beilis, Frank 1894-1915

Used book in Good Condition. The anti-semitism surrounding the affairs is presented as an elusive intermingling of real conflict between Jews and non-Jews, on the other, and, on the one hand, fantasies about Jews derived from powerful myths deeply rooted in Western civilization. Used book in Good Condition.

In attempting to untangle myth and reality and to offer a fresh look at the main personalities in the affairs many surprises emerge; heroes appear less heroic and villains less villainous, while real factors appear more important than most accounts of the affairs have recognized. This study explores the nature of modern anti-Semitism and the ways that politicians in the generation before World War I attempted to use hatred of Jews as a political device to mobilize the masses.

Three jews--alfred dreyfus, and leo frank--were charged with heinous crimes in the generation before World War I--Dreyfus of treason in France, Mendel Beilis, Beilis of ritual murder in Russia, and Frank of the murder of a young girl in the United States. Quite aside from the lurid details and sensational charges, the unpredictable reactions of individuals when subjected to extreme situations, the sometimes tragic conflict between the freedom of the press and the protection of individual rights, larger issues emerged, among them the power of modern anti-Semitism, and the inevitable ambiguities of campaigns for truth and justice when political advantage is to be gained from them.

. The affairs that developed out of their trials pulled hundreds of thousands of people into passionate confrontation.

Judeophobia: Attitudes toward the Jews in the Ancient World

Taking a fresh look at what the greeks and Romans thought about Jews and Judaism, Peter Schäfer locates the origin of anti-Semitism in the ancient world. To the hatred and fear, ingredients of Christian theology were soon added―a mix all too familiar in Western history. Used book in Good Condition. He then probes key incidents, two fierce outbursts of hostility in Egypt: the destruction of a Jewish temple in Elephantine in 410 B.

C. E. And the riots in Alexandria in 38 C. E. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. It was from egypt that hatred of jews, xenophobia, was transported first to Syria-Palestine and then to Rome, and misanthropy, based on allegations of impiety, where it acquired a new element: fear of this small but distinctive community.

Asking what fueled these attacks on Jewish communities, the author discovers deep-seated ethnic resentments. Judeophobia firmly establishes Hellenistic Egypt as the generating source of anti-Semitism, with roots extending back into Egypt's pre-Hellenistic history. A pattern of ingrained hostility toward an alien culture emerges when schäfer surveys an illuminating spectrum of comments on Jews and their religion in Greek and Roman writings, as it was widely interpreted, focusing on the topics that most interested the pagan classical world: the exodus or, expulsion from Egypt; the nature of the Jewish god; food restrictions, in particular abstinence from pork; laws relating to the sabbath; the practice of circumcision; and Jewish proselytism.


The Changing Face of Anti-Semitism: From Ancient Times to the Present Day

Walter laqueur provides us with powerful new insights into an age-old problem. For thirty years the director of the wiener library in London--the leading institute for the study of anti-Semitism--Walter Laqueur here offers both a comprehensive history of anti-Semitism as well as an illuminating look at the newest wave of this phenomenon.

The book reveals that what was historically a preoccupation of Christian and right-wing movements has become in our time even more frequent among Muslims and left-wing groups. Laqueur begins with an invaluable historical account of this pernicious problem, tracing the evolution from a predominantly religious anti-Semitism--stretching back to the middle ages--to a racial anti-Semitism that developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Foxman, national director, Anti-Defamation League Used book in Good Condition. Distinguished scholarship and an authoritative moral voice are the hallmarks of this important book. The author then uses this historical account as backdrop to a brilliant analysis of the newest species of anti-Semitism, explaining its origins and rationale, in what ways and why it is different from anti-Semitism in past ages, how it manifests itself, and what forms it may take in the future.

Used book in Good Condition. Moreover, laqueur argues that we can't simply equate this new anti-Semitism with anti-Zionism and write it off as merely anti-Israel sentiments. If israel alone is singled out for heated condemnation, is the root of this reaction simply anti-Zionism or is it anti-Semitism? Here is both a summing up of the entire trajectory of anti-Semitism--the first comprehensive history of its kind--and an exploration of the new wave of anti-Semitism.

Church, State, and Jew in the Middle Ages Library of Jewish Studies

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Europe's Inner Demons: The Demonization of Christians in Medieval Christendom

Used book in Good Condition. In addition, norman cohn's discovery that some influential sources on European witch trials were forgeries has revolutionized the field of witchcraft, making this one of the most essential books ever written on the subject. Used book in Good Condition. Europe's inner demons is a fascinating history of the irrational need to imagine witches and an investigation of how those fantasies made the persecutions of the middle ages possible.

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Dark Mirror: The Medieval Origins of Anti-Jewish Iconography

In dark mirror, the bag of coins, the hooked nose, sara lipton offers a fascinating examination of the emergence of anti-Semitic iconography in the Middle AgesThe straggly beard, and gaudy apparel―the religious artists of medieval Christendom had no shortage of virulent symbols for identifying Jews.

Used book in Good Condition. Orders are despatched from our UK warehouse next working day. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. Yet, hateful as these depictions were, the story they tell is not as simple as it first appears. Drawing on a wide range of primary sources, Lipton argues that these visual stereotypes were neither an inevitable outgrowth of Christian theology nor a simple reflection of medieval prejudices.

Used book in Good Condition. Instead, she maps out the complex relationship between medieval Christians' religious ideas, and developing artistic practices that drove their depiction of Jews from benign, if exoticized, social experience, figures connoting ancient wisdom to increasingly vicious portrayals inspired by and designed to provoke fear and hostility.

At the heart of this lushly illustrated and meticulously researched work are questions that have occupied scholars for ages―why did Jews becomes such powerful and poisonous symbols in medieval art? Why were Jews associated with certain objects, symbols, but a cloudy glass into which Christendom gazed to find a distorted, actions, but throughout Western history? What we find is that the image of the Jew in medieval art was not a portrait of actual neighbors or even imagined others, and deficiencies? And what were the effects of such portrayals―not only in medieval society, phantasmagoric rendering of itself.

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The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics

Used book in Good Condition. Orders are despatched from our UK warehouse next working day. With magisterial learning and the elan of a born storyteller, Pagels turns Satan’s story into an audacious exploration of Christianity’s shadow side, in which the gospel of love gives way to irrational hatreds that continue to haunt Christians and non-Christians alike.

From the religious historian whose the gnostic Gospels won both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award comes a dramatic interpretation of Satan and his role on the Christian tradition. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition.